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The Beneficiary Myth for Social Security

The Social Security Administration fairly strictly regulates who can receive Social Security disability benefits. While these benefits are available to many millions of people, they are not necessarily available to everyone, and this uncertainty has led to some people mistaking their rights when it comes to Social Security. However, understanding who is actually eligible to receive Social Security benefits can help you and others seek the financial benefits you need.

The Beneficiary Myth

Among the many myths out there about Social Security and its disability benefits, one of the primary myths is the beneficiary myth. This myth involves the false assumption that non-citizens or non-tax paying citizens can also qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits. However, the system is created to help those who paid Social Security taxes and those who are citizens of the U.S. Part of tax payers’ responsibilities include paying into Social Security while they work, so that they may collect disability benefits in the event of a disability. As a result, those who have met the tax requirement and can collect Social Security include:

  • Those who reach retirement age
  • Those who become disabled
  • Those family members/children/spouses of a deceased or disabled worker

Knowing who can and who cannot receive Social Security disability benefits is important when you or a loved one becomes disabled.

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If you or someone you know has become disabled and needs to apply for Social Security disability benefits, an attorney from Hull & Zimmerman, P.C., can assist you through this process. Call (303) 423-1770 today to find out what we can do for you when you are seeking Social Security benefits.

 

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